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Composites Engineering Show Organiser’s Report Record Attendance at Last Week’s Exhibition

  • Tuesday, 26th November 2013
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The event, which took place on 12 – 13 November at the NEC in Birmingham, UK, recorded a total attendance of some 12,000 coming from all tiers and parts of the advanced engineering supply chain.

The Advanced Engineering UK 2013 group of events, which encompasses Composites Engineering, was held this year for the first time within the NEC Birmingham’s premier Hall 5, brought together five interlinked shows in total to create a hugely integrated UK technology transfer and business development opportunity.

Ian Stone, Managing Director of show organisers UK Tech Events, commented, “This year the event has seen its biggest ever turnout from all points across the UK’s advanced engineering & technology sectors.  With UK industry more upbeat than ever about growth opportunities in these high value industries, supported by the continuing prioritisation from industry, government and academia, the co-locating events have rapidly become a ‘must attend’ annual calendar fixture given their unique concentration of multiple high value, high skilled and high intensity engineering sectors under one common roof.  These key sectors are the vanguard for delivering UK ambitions to rebalance the economy and represent already outstanding examples of where the UK is striving to take an international lead, reflecting its unique and comprehensive value chain capability and competitiveness.”

The show floor this year played host to a record 650 specialist exhibiting organisations providing engineering technology, equipment, components and specialist services, spanning the five interlinked show zones. From advanced materials, digital engineering solutions, design, testing , manufacturing  supply chain partners, specialist sub-contractors and much more,  attendees were spoilt for choice with the diversity of technology, capability and engineering services on display this year, backed by its most ambitious free-to-attend open conference programme since the events’ launch five years ago. Over 200 expert speakers contributed to a sum total of some 60 hours of high quality industry supply chain intelligence, insight into latest research, industry case studies, and latest technology and process innovations.

Dr Neil Calder, Conference Director for the parallel speaker programmes summarises this year’s approach as “a carefully and deliberately constructed programme, with the assistance of key infrastructure organisations, providing a combination of strategic landscaping and tactical information, in the format of a series of rapid fire briefings with easy and open access to all attendee groups. Programmes provide a vital opportunity to both keep up with the very latest ‘intel’ from within each individual sector stream and at the same time provide a useful  opportunity to look over the shoulder of  adjacent high value engineering sectors and see how they are responding to the current technical and industrial challenges. Dedicated aerospace, composites, automotive and electronics sessions, were this year supplemented with a host of general sessions addressing such key areas as Regional Initiatives for advanced engineering growth, Quality management, Intellectual Property, Recruitment strategy, R&D Tax Breaks and much more”

The centrepiece of this year’s integrated show floor was the‘advanced engineering in action’ display, hosted by High Value Manufacturing Catapult, which included the full scale Bloodhound SuperSonic Car from Bloodhound SSC, the Eurojet EJ200 jet engine from Rolls Royce, the ELECTROFLIGHT high performance , battery powered , electric aeroplane and the Drayson B12/69/EV world electric land speed record car. All the featured projects have benefited from engagement with individual HVM Catapult centres.

2014 dates have been confirmed as 11th & 12th November 2014, again in Hall 5, NEC Birmingham, with plans to be announced shortly for further development of the ‘group of events’ portfolio.

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